Stephens ready for his 10th season on the Spartan bench.
Spartan basketball players join Tom Izzo for the 2014 Tom Izzo Holiday Radio Show. Coach Izzo plays holiday carols on his accordian while the players sing.
Dwayne Stephens is in his 11th season as an assistant coach at Michigan State, and his second as associate head coach.
Stephens' many responsibilities include player development, scouting and recruiting. Last season, he helped develop Adreian Payne into a second-team All-Big Ten performer. Under Stephens' tutelage, Draymond Green was named the 2012 NABC Division I Player of the Year, was a Consensus First-Team All-American and won Big Ten Player of the Year honors. Green also finished his career as MSU's all-time leading rebounder, leading the conference in rebounding as a senior at 10.6 rpg, after finishing third in the league as a sophomore and junior. Spartan center Paul Davis was a three-time All-Big Ten honoree, including earning first-team all-conference and Associated Press honorable mention All-America honors in 2003-04, while finishing among the top 10 scorers and rebounders in MSU history. In 2009, second-team All-Big Ten performer Goran Suton led the Big Ten in rebounding, one season after ranking second in the conference. Davis, Green and Suton were all selected in the NBA Draft. In total, 14 different Spartans have earned some form of All-Big Ten recognition during his time on staff, while MSU has posted a 250-100 record in 10 seasons.
The Spartans led the nation in rebounding in 2009 and 2010, and have paced the Big Ten in six of his 10 seasons.
"Over the last nine years, he's continued to improve as a coach and expanded his responsibilities," said Tom Izzo at the time of Stephens' promotion. "His efforts have played a major role in our success over the last decade, as he's worked to develop many of our big men, and continued to establish our identity as a team committed to rebounding. In addition, he's played a major role in our ever-improving recruiting, and has developed a greater understanding of all the different facets of being a head coach."
Stephens has coached in 12 straight NCAA Tournaments, including the 2003 Final Four with Marquette and the 2005, 2009 and 2010 Final Fours with MSU. He has helped guide MSU to Big Ten Championships in three of the last five years (2009, 2010 and 2012). Four of the top five seasons in MSU history for blocks have occurred since Stephens joined the coaching staff, including a school record in 2011.
Stephens has emerged as one of the top recruiters in the nation, playing a major role in many highly ranked recruiting classes. He was named a Rivals.com Class of 2006 Top 25 Recruiters. In May 2008, he was listed among the top 20 High-Major Assistants in the nation by Jeff Goodman of FoxSports.com. He was among the top five coaches on a list of the "Top 25 High-Major Assistants," according to FoxSports.com in July 2010. In 2012, Bleacher Report listed him among the Top 10 Best Assistant Coaches and the Top 10 Recruiters. Most recently in July 2013, he was mentioned in an ESPN.com article as one of the Top 15 Recruiting Assistants according to a vote of his peers.
A Ferndale, Mich., native, Stephens was a four-year letterwinner at Michigan State University from 1989-93. In his four seasons, the Spartans posted an 84-38 overall record and made four postseason appearances, as Stephens never missed a game in his career. As a freshman in 1989-90, Stephens was a third-team selection on Basketball Weekly's Freshman All-America Team and scored the game-winning basket in a 72-70 victory over Purdue that clinched the Big Ten Championship. In 1990-91, he was the recipient of MSU's Best Defensive Player Award on a squad that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
As a junior, Stephens was voted MVP by his teammates as he averaged 11.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. He was named honorable mention All-Big Ten and was the recipient of MSU's Most Improved Player Award. In two NCAA Tournament games, Stephens averaged 16.0 points. In 1992-93, Stephens served as a senior co-captain for the Spartans, averaging 9.1 points, 5.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists. He was named MSU's Best Defensive Player and earned a spot on the Basketball Weekly Honorable Mention All-Midwest Team.
Prior to returning to his alma mater, Stephens spent four years (1999-2003) as an assistant at Marquette under former MSU assistant Tom Crean. In 2001, Brian Wardle became the school's first-ever first-team All-Conference USA honoree. Marquette made back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2002 and 2003, advancing to the Final Four in 2003. Dwyane Wade was a two-time all-league performer and earned First-Team All-America honors from The Associated Press in 2003. The Golden Eagles posted a 27-6 record in 2003, winning a Conference USA regular-season title.
Prior to his coaching stint at Marquette, Stephens spent the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons as an assistant coach at Oakland University, where the Golden Grizzlies compiled a 27-27 two-year record. During the `98-99 campaign, Oakland's first season as a Division I member, the Golden Grizzlies posted a 12-15 mark.
Following the conclusion of his collegiate career, Stephens played three professional seasons in Europe.
Stephens earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from MSU in 1993. His family includes his wife Sarah and daughters, Taylor Olivia and Skylar Grace.